Why you need a good quality chair for your office 

A good quality chair, is what I have been telling myself every night before bed. Every night when my back screams at me for sitting on my crappy home office chair. Maybe I should start from the beginning, right before I set up my home office.

I work for a pharma company with flex working, this means I can work either from home or office. It also means I have flexible working hours though normally I just do 9-5 like every body in corporate world. Having flex working lifestyle is great, obviously it works on trust that you will do your required hours per week.

Working From Home (WFH)

I was thrilled to be WFH, I would wake up early shower and go back into my PJamas. Then I would work all day sometimes into the night in bed, now for some that would be awesome. And it was for a while until it started affecting my back. I noticed on days I worked from home my back would cry before bed.

I went from working in bed for a few hours then I would be switch up between bed and floor. Slowly the appeal of working from home without a desk started to lose its appeal. Fast forward a few years later to a few months back when I thought enough is enough. It’s nice to be working from home but I was killing my back, something had to change. I decided to purchase a work desk and chair, I love the desk but the chair is what’s called anti-tamper. This type of chairs are ideal for schools but not so much for my home office. At work we have ergonomic executive office chairs with a head and arm rests which offers good lumbar support. This is what I need for my home office before I damage my back permanently. 

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Why you need a good quality chair for your office 

A good quality chair for your office does not only look good but it protects you and your back. Many surveys have been conducted with most results showing everyone complains about their work chairs. Most employers have health and safety departments that ensure their employees are assessed and provided with the right chair.

For those of us who WFH, we do not have the luxury of a H&S team to advise us on which are a good quality chair for our home office. Instead we rely on Dr. Google and personal recommendations for which chairs we should have at home. It is important to have a good quality chair for your office because;

  • Good quality chair provides proper lumbar and pelvic support helping your back muscles become less stressed
  • A comfortable chair increases concentration, with a bad chair you’re always aware of your painful back.
  • Sitting for too long can cause low back pain injury which can have you out of work for a long period.
    • This is not good for companies nor for small business hence why its important to have a good quality chair.

A good quality chair should offer the following;

  • Adjustable back rest for lumbar/pelvic support
  • Adjustable seat height and width
  • A comfortable and good seat material
  • Adjustable arm rest
  • Adjustable head rest for improved posture supporting head and neck
  • A chair that can swivel for easy of movement.

When an employee or blogger has a good quality chair, we can avoid slouching and can be more productive. slouching in an uncomfortable chair will cause bad back, headaches, fatigue and poor concentration. So make sure your home office or work office has a good quality chair that offers great lumbar and pelvic support.

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34 Comments

  1. December 2, 2016 / 11:28 am

    When you’re comfortable you’re more productive

  2. Chrissy Hme
    December 1, 2016 / 2:31 am

    My back needs a quality chair. I am at my desk about 10 hours a day so this is very important.

    • December 2, 2016 / 11:32 am

      I feel your pain as I am in the same situation

  3. Bonnie G
    November 30, 2016 / 2:23 am

    I totally agree. A good quality chair is definitely a must have!

    • December 2, 2016 / 11:32 am

      Absolutely, thanks for stopping by Bonnie

  4. Shannon Graham
    November 29, 2016 / 6:23 pm

    I had to get a new chair for my office recently. Mine was giving me back and nerve issues! Can you imagine?! Crazy!

    • December 2, 2016 / 11:32 am

      Oh my goodness how crazy is that. Glad you replaced it

  5. November 29, 2016 / 3:22 pm

    I don’t work in an office but I do think that a supportive office chair is a must! Great post!

    • December 2, 2016 / 11:31 am

      Thanks Ricci and yes a supportive chair is a must

  6. November 29, 2016 / 5:28 am

    I use to wfh now I am back in the office full time and I suffer daily from back so a great chair is super important.

    • December 2, 2016 / 11:31 am

      Oh dear sorry to hear that.

  7. Rebecca Swenor
    November 29, 2016 / 5:01 am

    A good quality office chair is needed for an office or a home office in my opinion. I know that I do get headaches and do get tired sitting at the computer but I didn’t think it could be the chair. This is something I am going to have to look into for sure. Thanks for sharing the information.

    • December 2, 2016 / 11:31 am

      You’re most welcome and glad the post was helpful if not educational

  8. polarbelle
    November 29, 2016 / 4:32 am

    I totally agree with you. I have a bad back with damage in the lumbar spine. I can only sit in a really well designed chair for any length of time. It makes ALL the difference.

    • December 2, 2016 / 11:30 am

      Aww bless you and yes a good chair makes all the difference

  9. http://tiarastantrums.com
    November 29, 2016 / 3:16 am

    This is so true – I sit in a high stool next to my kitchen counter and my back and neck are killing me all the time! I have a desk in my kitchen, but the builder made it too high for shorty me!

    • December 2, 2016 / 11:29 am

      Awww bless you, hope you find a chair that’s better suited for the table height and your height

  10. November 29, 2016 / 2:25 am

    I just starting working from home full-time today and I definitely needed to read this post! I need to look into a good quality chair ASAP!!

    • December 2, 2016 / 11:29 am

      Aww congrats and yes find a good quality chair

  11. November 28, 2016 / 8:18 pm

    Having a good chair is definitely a must, it can be s bad for you if you are sitting in an uncomfortable position for prolonged periods.

    • December 2, 2016 / 11:28 am

      Absolutely that’s why it’s essential to have a good quality chair

  12. paulaschuck
    November 28, 2016 / 2:16 pm

    I personally love that my commute is the shortest ever. Drive kids to school back home and start work by 8 a.m. That’s a time saver for sure.

    • November 28, 2016 / 5:09 pm

      Hahahaha shortest commute indeed. Love it

  13. Jacqui @FlightsFancyMom
    November 28, 2016 / 1:18 pm

    This is so true. I currently have a job that I can work from home or at the office. I don’t have a desk at home though! I just moved to a smaller place and had to sell my desk. Right now, I alternate from sitting on my couch and working at the kitchen table. It’s not easy. I always end up putting a pillow behind me.

    • November 28, 2016 / 5:06 pm

      I know the pain as I did for almost 3 years but a pillow did help a little. I hope you get a small work station soon.

  14. Alli Smith
    November 28, 2016 / 12:54 pm

    A good quality chair when working from home is a must! I had an awful chair for awhile and it caused my posture to be all wrong and I would get pain in my shoulders when I worked long hours. I finally got rid of that horrible chair and now the pain is gone.

    • November 28, 2016 / 5:04 pm

      Oh bless you, glad you got rid of it. Nothing worse than an annoying chair

  15. T-Nicole Johnson
    November 28, 2016 / 12:38 pm

    Having a good quality chair is a most have. I wish more employers realized that it really affects productivity being in an uncomfortable chair.

    • November 28, 2016 / 5:03 pm

      Oh absolutely, it makes things worse for them if employees have to be off because of bad chairs causing back pains

  16. Shirley Wood
    November 28, 2016 / 12:37 pm

    My hubby received an ergonomic desk chair at work years ago and still sings the praises. As a blogger working from home sitting in front of the computer most of the day, I agree with you totally about having a desk and good chair to save my back from pain.

    • November 28, 2016 / 5:03 pm

      Oh how lovely, I am glad the ergonomic chair is still holding true today. Us bloggers really need to look after our backs too

  17. November 28, 2016 / 12:07 pm

    I have an office job and I spend 8+ hours sitting. My back depends on a quality chair. Glad your back is on its way to feeling better.

    • November 28, 2016 / 5:02 pm

      Thank you mimi, its crazy how easily our backs can get damaged if we don’t have the right equipments

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